I echo your sentiments about how you feel with the "old days" being gone. I will miss them too, but I just think its really exciting that now, instead of trying to resist the temptation to spoil everything for yourself with the 6 month timespan between releases, we can all enjoy discovering things from the game at the same time, thus in my opinion the worldwide release is a plus (not to say that you didn't say it was).
Originally Posted by SasakiThePikachu
On topic, I hope that the dreamworlds abilities make a return, since they added so much in terms of gameplay. I hope the starters get some if the possible abilities, if these themes stick:
Chespin: sturdy (if it went the knight theme, the armor could allow this pokemon to be sturdy, and get a hit in no matter what).
Fennekin: either prankster (fox...tricky theme?) or magic guard (lots of psychics tend to get this...this would allow this pokemon to be viable if it is fire/psychic
Froakie: Hydration or swift swim. I could see it having hydration if it was bulky or slim, would be a nice ability. I could also imagine a slim water/fighting type with high attack and defense, medium high speed (80-90) , with swift swim putting it over the top (and hopefully swift swim is allowed in competitive play.
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egg move charmander (HA), outrage gible (HA), egg move Fennekin (HA), Froakie (HA), egg move Bulbasaur (HA), switcheroo frisk Noibat, Larvesta, Bullet Punch/Crunch Riolu, Gligar (HA), Heracross (HA), Egg move shroomish (HA), Larvitar, Honedge
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